Lady Bruins Win Consecutive PAC-10 Titles
The No.2 ranked UCLA women's golf team won its second straight Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship Wednesday afternoon at the Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton.
The Bruins posted a score of 295 (+7) in the final round for a 54-hole score of 874 (+10). Arizona State placed second at 878 (+14), followed by USC at 880 (+16). Arizona was fourth at 886 (+22), Cal was fifth at 894 (+30) and Washington was sixth at 897 (+33). Washington State placed seventh at 898 (+34), Oregon was eighth at 922 (+58), followed by Stanford at 932 (+68) and Oregon State at 946 (+82).
The championship marked the fourth conference title for UCLA in women's golf. Previously, UCLA won the league championship in 1990, '91 and '04.
The first place finish also marked UCLA's fourth straight tournament title and fifth of the season.
By finishing ahead of USC in the conference standings, the Bruins earned five more Lexus Gauntlet points in the year-long competition between the two schools. UCLA currently leads the competition, 55-40.
Individually, junior All-America Susie Mathews placed second at 209 (-7) after posting a final round 70 (-2). Mathews finished two strokes behind Arizona State's Louise Stahle, who fired a final round 67 (-5) and finished with a 54-hole score of 208 (-9).
Defending conference champion Charlotte Mayorkas finished fifth at 214 (-2) after posting a 71 (-1) on Wednesday. Mayorkas blistered the outward nine in five-under par 31, but faltered on the inward nine in four-over par 40. Through 10 holes, Mayorkas was six-under par on the day. She played the final seven holes in five-over par.
Freshman Amie Cochran tied for 14th at 224 (+8). Cochran started the day at one-over par tied for ninth place, but carded a 79 (+7) in the final round.
Sophomore Hannah Jun tied for 21st at 228 (+12) and senior Melissa Martin tied for 37th at 234 (+18).
Head Coach Carrie Forsyth was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second straight season and Mayorkas, Mathews and Cochran earned First-Team All-Pac-10 acclaim. Jun was voted to the conference's honorable mention team.
Watch: Reed races in 40-footer to put away Spieth
Three up with three holes to play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Patrick Reed missed an opportunity to close out his match with Jordan Spieth when Spieth won the 16th hole with a birdie.
But Reed wouldn't let the match move to 18. Putting for birdie from the apron, 40 feet from the hole, at the par-3 17th, Reed raced in this putt to end the match.
With the win, Reed moved to 3-0-0 for the week and advanced to the weekend at Austin Country Club.
Garcia's win-win situation: Move on or baby time
AUSTIN, Texas – Given his status as one of Europe’s preeminent Ryder Cup players, Sergio Garcia’s record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is nothing short of inexplicable.
In 15 starts at the event, the Spaniard has played the weekend just once – in 2010 when he lost in the semifinals to Ian Poulter – and since the event pivoted to round-robin play he’s never made it out of the group stages.
His fortunes have changed dramatically this year, with Garcia going undefeated in pool play and cruising to the Sweet 16 following a 3-and-1 victory over Xander Schauffele on Friday.
“I would love to have done a little better than I have,” said Garcia, who will play Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16 early Saturday. “I have had some good weeks here. But not probably as good as I should have. So hopefully this week it will be better.”
Garcia made no secret of the source of his turnaround following the birth of his first child last Wednesday, a girl named Azalea. Even on Friday when he found himself 2 down through 11 holes and in danger of not advancing he kept an upbeat attitude.
“The way I looked at it, when I was 2 down, we're going to try to turn it around, but if we don't, it means that I get to spend more time with [his wife] Angela and Azalea for the weekend,” Garcia said. “I tried to look at it in a good way.”
DeLaet: WGC's robin-robin format 'sucks'
Graham DeLaet isn't teeing it up at Austin Country Club this week because he didn't qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that doesn't mean he lacks an opinion on the event's format.
DeLaet hopped on social media Friday during Day 3 of the WGC-Match Play to torch the round-robin format that's been in place for three years, saying he much preferred the single elimination that was in place when he played in 2014.
"Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home, he tweeted. "That’s a good format. This one sucks."
Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home. That’s a good format. This one sucks.— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) March 23, 2018
DeLeat's comments may be the strongest to date, but he's not alone in his opposition to pool play. Several players lamented Friday's "meaningless" matches earlier this week, and Henrik Stenson cited the lack of a do-or-die atmosphere as his reason for skipping the event.
Watch: Kuchar makes ace at WGC-Dell Match Play
In his bid to advance to the weekend at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 seventh hole Friday at Austin Country Club.
With an 8-iron from 181 yards, Kuchar landed his ball short of the flag and watched it roll and roll ... and drop.
Golly gee Matty, let's raise the roof.— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) March 23, 2018
Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuch with a hole-in-one! pic.twitter.com/EnolkLxlqw
The hole-in-one moved Kuchar 3 Up in match against Ross Fisher.
The last hole-in-one at the Match Play came in Sunday's consolation match last year, when Hideto Tanihara aced the same hole before later losing to Bill Haas.